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Career change anyone?

Cleaning building

This building across the way from our apartment was getting a rub and a dub the other day. Can you see the window cleaners? They’re at about the 25th floor. Here, let me help you…

Window cleaners

Science Park

Science Park Buildings

There’s a technology hub being built in Hong Kong called Science Park. Stage 1 is complete and Stages 2 & 3 are under construction. I visited this facility whilst meeting with an external company on Friday and I was very impressed by what I saw.

Science Park Sea View Science Park HarbourView

The views in almost all directions are fantastic. There’s the water, the hills, the greenery, just lovely. I wonder how anyone here with an external view gets any work done.

Science Park Buildings 2

The buildings are modern with simple logical internal layouts and well appointed atriums and lobby’s and a communal food area. In the photos you can see the machinery working on stages 2 and 3 of the development.

Science Park Road Out

Four of the buildings here are controlled by our very own C-Bus automation system. Sadly, none of the buildings in stages 2 and 3 will have any kind of automation system installed. Originally, different systems were installed in different buildings of stage 1 to assess them but the builders have decided that for the remaining stages traditional lighting control will be used. Pity.

Biggest Mac

McDonalds outside

In the Dong Men walking street in Shenzhen there is this massive maccas. It’s 3 stories tall, has roof-top outside dining, 2 food serving areas and has a serving area on the street-side purely for dishing out ice-creams and drinks to passers by.

We’ve found that the big M is one of the safest places to go for a loo stop when out and about. Even so, the queue’s for the toilets in this ‘golden arches’ waiting to get into the toilets was 10-20 people long. Not uncommon.

Mcdonalds inside

They love their security guards here. You can see one in the above photo, a little left of centre. To be honest I’m not sure if they have any other effect other than to make the people feel safer. At a KFC we ate at a while ago the security guard was even helping to take meals out to waiting people!

Cop a squat

Squat Toilet

How’s this for a ripper of a squat toilet? Really, really clean, bin in corner, foot-operated flusher and clean and attractive tiling. Just great. This shining example is the exception rather than the norm. I came across this one in Guangzhou in the middle of Guandong province (i.e. same as Shenzhen).


The humble umbrella. It’s ubiquitous here in Shenzhen. When it’s raining then out come the brollies. When it’s sunny then there’s just as many. The only time there isn’t a brace of brollies bobbing around is when it’s overcast or we’re having a bad smog day.


The Chinese women seem particularly fond of them as a form of shelter from the blazing (hah!) sun. They’re available in just about every colour and style combiniation that a woman may like. A handy fashion accessory, I’m sure.

My stunning example cost ~AU$1.50, which tells you something about the quality, but nevertheless it’s presence in my bag has saved me a soaking a few times already from unexpected downpours. The rain is something worth avoiding too because it brings the pollution down with it, sometimes leaving grey marks on lighter-coloured clothing.

Near Miss #2

This morning I was walking to work, taking in the sunshine after all the rain had cleared the pollution from the sky, when I realised that the pocket on the side of my laptop bag was gaping wide open. By some sort of miracle my passport was still there. Fortunately I had stashed my passport wallet, which is black, down the very bottom of the pocket. Nothing was taken. I know I zipped it up properly before leaving for work because I put my umbrella in there. Seems that the warning by the Chinese interviewer yesterday has some merit.

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